Roberto Martinez very downbeat about Seamus Coleman's hamstring injury
Everton were given a major injury scare on Saturday as their Republic of Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman limped out of his side’s Premier League game against Southampton at Goodison Park.
Coleman was involved in a 53rd minute sprint for the ball as Southampton pushed for an opening goal and the Irishman immediately slumped to the ground and singled that he needed to be removed due to what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez handed teenager Callum Connolly an Everton debut as he replaced Coleman, with the Toffees now hoping their dynamic full-back was merely withdrawing himself from the game as he aimed to recover in time to play in next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.
Coleman walked from the field relatively freely, but his history of hamstring injuries will cast a cloud over his hopes of playing a central role in his side’s date with United next Saturday.
Following his side's 1-1 draw with Southampton, Roberto Martinez was downbeat about Coleman's chances of playing in the two crunch games this week.
"Seamus felt his hamstring. We'll assess him in the morning but it'll be hard to see him involved this week," he said. "That sort of injury will take a bit longer than a week.”
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill will also be concerned by the sight of one of his key men limping out of the action, with the Euro 2016 finals now less than two months away.
Hamstring injury for Seamus Coleman. pic.twitter.com/FIJdgzKIuJ— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) April 16, 2016
Massive blow for Everton ahead of next week's FA Cup semi-final. Seamus Coleman is substituted and replaced by Callum Connelly #EFCvSOU— Christopher Coughlin (@ccoughlinsport) April 16, 2016
That would appear to be Seamus Coleman out of the FA Cup semi-final; pulled up with a hamstring injury. Debut for Callum Connelly— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) April 16, 2016
I can think of absolutely nothing worse than Seamus Coleman getting injured. I'm so annoyed— Cameron (@CJC_KNIGHTS) April 16, 2016